When I stayed at my friend’s house in Tavernier, FL, we gave manatees fresh water out of a hose. Manatees like fresh water, and, though it’s illegal to touch them, you can reach out and pet their rubbery, nubby skin. Tavernier is one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been to; there’s a laid-back attitude that’s hard to beat. Tavernier is part of the Florida Keys, so you’re surrounded by sun and sea, so get yourself ready for some serious hammock time. You don’t have to spend much cash to have a good time here; check out the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Tavernier, which runs entirely on donations, or you can just take a swim. Divers will rejoice in the plethora of opportunities in the area (the better diving spots, from what I’ve heard, are technically in nearby Islamorada), and the Island Grill is a fun spot to people watch, grub up, and tuck in a divine slice of Key Lime Pie. Dillon’s Pub and Grill is also a leisurely spot to soak up the insouciant Keys vibe without putting a big hole in your wallet, and check around the area for various activities involving Wetland Rehabilitation and, on another end of the spectrum, live music. Don’t blame me if you suddenly find the urge to strum a guitar and drink your dinner; you’re in Tavernier, and you deserve to relax and enjoy it!
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